Wananga activities are supporting te reo week

PROMOTING THE LANGUAGE: Te Wananga o Aotearoa tutor Mikaere McBeth, front, and Poihaere Karaka entertain the audience at the Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori celebrations at the TWOA Whirikoka Campus yesterday. Picture by Shaan Te Kani

The Whirikoka campus of Te Wananga o Aotearoa is celebrating Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori, Maori Language Week, with activities every day at noon throughout the week.

Staff and students opened the celebrations with a rotarota mai / poetry jam event in the campus cafe.

Today there will be a waiata mai / song fest event, and a taupatupatu mai / debate on Thursday.

The debate will discuss the hot topic of whether te reo Maori should be a compulsory subject in schools.

Whirikoka tutor Joe Pihema said the activities were an uplifting way to tautoko (support) Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori, and revitalisation of te reo Maori in everyday life.

“It’s important for us of Te Wananga o Aotearoa to support and encourage our students to keep learning and utilising te reo in their lives here at the wananga, and at home.

“We’re in the middle of a growth spurt, where communities and groups around the country are positively promoting and learning te reo Maori.

“It’s amazing to see the visibility of various kaupapa, including Mahuru Maori (a campaign to speak only in te reo Maori for the month of September). It’s seen in the various hikoi (marches) held around the country, and we have our big hikoi in Turanga this Friday.

“It’s great to see the promotion of te reo Maori and the culture being displayed for everybody to experience, not just Maori.”

The Whirikoka campus of Te Wananga o Aotearoa is celebrating Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori, Maori Language Week, with activities every day at noon throughout the week.

Staff and students opened the celebrations with a rotarota mai / poetry jam event in the campus cafe.

Today there will be a waiata mai / song fest event, and a taupatupatu mai / debate on Thursday.

The debate will discuss the hot topic of whether te reo Maori should be a compulsory subject in schools.

Whirikoka tutor Joe Pihema said the activities were an uplifting way to tautoko (support) Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori, and revitalisation of te reo Maori in everyday life.

“It’s important for us of Te Wananga o Aotearoa to support and encourage our students to keep learning and utilising te reo in their lives here at the wananga, and at home.

“We’re in the middle of a growth spurt, where communities and groups around the country are positively promoting and learning te reo Maori.

“It’s amazing to see the visibility of various kaupapa, including Mahuru Maori (a campaign to speak only in te reo Maori for the month of September). It’s seen in the various hikoi (marches) held around the country, and we have our big hikoi in Turanga this Friday.

“It’s great to see the promotion of te reo Maori and the culture being displayed for everybody to experience, not just Maori.”

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